- Started riding horses at the age of 8.
- Worked at his father's gas station when he was 10.
- Became friends with singer Ricky Nelson through a 1961 touch-football game, which yielded his first acting job, on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
- His work on Jack Webb's classic cop series Dragnet led to his career-making role on Webb's crime drama Adam-12.
- Was a member of the Southern California-based Celebrity All Stars Basketball charity team for 10 years.
- Is a lifelong auto-racing fan and has competed as a driver in numerous races.
- Served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.
- Kristen McCord — Daughter
- Megan McCord — Daughter
- Cynthia Lee Doty — Wife
- Michael McCord — Son
- Attended Citrus Junior College, Glendora, CA; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
- Birth Name: Kent Franklin McWhirter
- Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
- Profession: Actor
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